The National Hotel – Reopening Today.

Back in November I published a quick post when I noticed that The National Hotel in Richmond was closed for re-development. Well, word on the street is that it is having a “soft opening” today!

The National Hotel

The National - Post Reno

Brooke and I went a little out of our way on the weekend to check on how the renos were going. To me it still looked like a construction site but Brooke started talking to one of the builders who told us it would be opening its doors this Wednesday (today).

Later that night we were having dinner with some friends who told us they knew one of the new owners. Turns out I’m not alone in noticing that this corner of Richmond is having a massive apartment boom. The eastern end of Victoria Street (between Church Street and Victoria Gardens) is, well, unremarkable to say the least. However, there are tons of new apartments either nearing completion or under construction within 500 meters of The National, making it a pretty smart buy. Add to this the nagging rumour that the Carlton United brewery might move to Albury – surely paving the way for a massive housing complex – and The National is suddenly the epicenter of whole new inner city development.

I’m really interested to see what the new National looks like. I get the feeling it was really something back in the day, but this stretch of road hasn’t had as much foot traffic as some of the busier parts of Richmond recently and there’s been nothing special about The National to entice punters out of their way.

Brooke and I plan to drop by tonight to have a couple of quick beers and take some photos. Rest assured by the end of the week I’ll let you know all about this new chapter in the history of Melbourne’s pub culture.

1 Comment

  1. Minh
    Sep 5, 2012

    Hi Brian
    I hope you got a chance to come and have a look at what we have done. Next time you are in the bar, please introduce yourself, I’d love to meet you. We are big fans of your site, keep up the good work.

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